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Maker(s):Derain, André
Culture:French (1880-1954)
Title:Self Portrait
Date Made:1913
Materials:etching on lightweight machine-laid paper
Measurements:Sheet: 9 3/8 in x 6 3/8 in; 23.8 cm x 16.2 cm; Plate: 3 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 8.3 cm x 5.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1974.41
Credit Line:Purchased in honor of Edward C. Crossett (Class of 1905)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

AD))): André Derain's 1913 etching and drypoint titled "Self Portrait" exhibits delicate and fine lines rendered entirely in black and white. Derain distorts his self-image, elongating physical features and objects to unrealistic proportions. We see an older man in a formal jacket and collar, wearing a brimmed hat and smoking a pipe, which is extremely slender and elongated. The hat's exaggerated shape, with intricate, intersecting lines and dramatic shading, creates depth and volume in the composition. Derain's stern expression is portrayed through the lines on his forehead and around his nose and eyes, with his gaze averted from the viewer, suggesting contemplation while creating his self-portrait, perhaps in front of a mirror. The lines on his face blend with the straight lines on his suit, contrasting with the curved lines in his hat. In the background, there are no definitive objects or features except the shape of a simplified tree on the left-hand side. (Randi Finkelstein '24 / Patience Kum '25 [voice])

artists; self-portraits

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